He was born Philip John Clapp in Knoxville, Tennessee on March 11, 1971, and is better known by his stage name Johnny Knoxville. His father, Philip, worked as a car and tire salesman, and his mother, Lemoyne, taught Sunday school. He has two older sisters. Knoxville attributes his acting bug to his cousin, singer-songwriter Roger Alan Wade, who gave him a copy of Jack Kerouac’s On The Road. In 1989, he graduated from Knoxville’s South-Doyle High School and moved to California to pursue an acting career.
Beginnings of a Career
Commercials and appearances as an extra were the bulk of his early acting work. He began submitting his own ideas for articles to publications to generate his own possibilities after failing to secure a significant part and getting his ‘big break.’ His plan to test self-defense gear on himself got the attention of Jeff Tremaine’s skating magazine Big Brother, and he was offered the chance to film feats for them, which were featured in Big Brother’s Number Two video. A pilot was created by Knoxville, Tremaine, Sean Cliver, and Dave Carnie using footage from Big Brother and Bam Margera’s CKY films. Film director Spike Jonze, a friend of Tremaine’s, assisted them in pitching the series to other networks. MTV enjoyed the pilot and reached an agreement with the entrepreneur, and the show Jackass was formed. The show has sparked a lot of debate because of its material, which many people believe is immoral, improper, and promotes risky behavior.
Career as an actor
Despite the fact that Jackass only aired for three seasons on MTV from October 2000 to February 2002, it spawned a massively successful franchise that includes four feature films from Paramount Pictures: Jackass: The Movie (2002), Jackass Number Two (2006), Jackass 3D (2010), and Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013). Wildboyz (2003-2006), Viva La Bam (2003-2005), Homewrecker (2005), Bam’s Unholy Union (2007), and Dr. Steve-O are some of the spin-offs shows starring various Jackass cast members (2007). In addition, Knoxville appears in the videogame Jackass: The Game, which was released in 2007.
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Knoxville’s starring appearances in the Jackass franchise aided in his growth as an actor and helped him land other parts. Men in Black II (2002), in which he played a two-headed alien; Walking Tall (2002), in which he co-starred with The Rock; and Lords of Dogtown (2002) are just a few of the films in which he has appeared (2005). He has appeared in films such as (2005), in which he played the lead role; The Dukes of Hazzard (2005), in which he co-starred with Seann William Scott; The Ringer (2005); Nature Calls (2012); The Last Stand (2013); Movie 43 (2013); Elvis & Nixon (2016); and Skiptrace (2016). (2016). He’s been nominated for multiple MTV and Teen Choice Awards, as well as an American Comedy Award.
As a voice actor, he has voiced Leonardo in the film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014), had an appearance as himself on Family Guy, and as Johnny Krill, an extreme sports fanatic, in a 2012 episode of the animated series SpongeBob SquarePants.
Credits for Production
Knoxville is a prominent producer in addition to acting. With Jeff Tremaine and Spike Jonze, he co-owns the production business Dickhouse Productions (from the Jackass franchise). Dickhouse’s other ventures include The Birth of Big Air (2010), an ESPN documentary about Mat Hoffman, and The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia, both outside of the Jackass franchise (2010). In May 2014, Knoxville and Derek Freda, the executive producer of Jackass, founded Hello Junior, a new production business. Hello, Junior went on to sign a two-year agreement with Paramount Pictures as an exclusive.
Johnny Knoxville is a well-known actor.
On May 15, 1995, Knoxville married Melanie Lynn Cates, and the couple has a daughter, Madison, who was born in 1996. Knoxville filed for divorce in July 2007 after the marriage separated in July 2006. Their divorce was completed in July 2009. Knoxville began seeing Naomi Nelson after his divorce from Cates. In December 2009, Knoxville and Nelson welcomed a son into their family. They tied the knot in September 2010 and welcomed their first child in October 2011.
What is Johnny Knoxville’s Salary and Net Worth?
Johnny Knoxville has a net worth of $50 million as an actor, film producer, screenwriter, comedian, and stunt performer in the United States. He is most well-known for co-creating and starring in the MTV reality show Jackass.
Why Is Johnny Knoxville So Rich?
Johnny Knoxville deserves credit for co-creating and starring in the hit TV program “Jackass,” which spawned many sequels. Johnny is a gifted writer and producer, and the series provided him with new chances in Hollywood.